Author Visits


Mountain Lake PBS is proud to announce our web-based Author Visit segments.
Join us as we take the journey into the lives and works of amazing writers.

We will be adding to this site regurlaly so check back often for new and exciting interviews.




Sheri Amsel - Adirondack Illustrator
Author and illustrator Sheri Amsel creates books celebrating the natural wonders that surround her. She produces books aimed at very young children, as well as guide books for older readers.

margaret_bartleyMargaret Bartley - Grisha
Elizabethtown, NY author Margaret Bartley talks about the musical adventure she had while writing a biography about cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, who fled Russia and found a sanctuary in the Adirondack mountains.

elizabeth_bluemleElizabeth Bluemle - How Do You Wokka Wokka?
A Vermont author and book shop co-owner discusses navigating through the publishing world, and the people and animals who populate her popular books.

kathy_baumgartenKathy Baumgarten - Strictly a Loner
Strictly a Loner is about Plattsburgh, New York's poorest millionaire. The book relates the story of a boarder in the author's home who was intent on saving a million dollars before he passed away, no matter what the cost.

barbara_briggs_wardBarbara Briggs Ward - The Reindeer Keeper
Author Barbara Briggs Ward discusses her holiday-themed novel The Reindeer Keeper, a tale aimed at taking adults back to the childlike wonder of Christmas.

diane_chaseDiane Chase - Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes & High Peaks Regions
Columnist Diane Chase experiences and writes about hundreds of activities appropriate for familes in the Adirondacks. She discusses her book "Adirondack Family Time," a first-hand account of things to do in the region.

joseph_citroJoseph Citro - The Vermont Monster Guide
Native Vermonter, novelist, and radio commentator, Joseph A. Citro discusses with Derek Muirden the monsters that crawl through the forests and slither through the lakes of Vermont.

mark_gonyeaMark Gonyea - Design and Color
Vermont author discuesses his coloful books on graphic design. He makes psychological meanings behind size, shape and color easy for children to understand.

amy_guglielmoAmy Guglielmo - Touch the Art
The Plattsburgh, NY author discusses her Touch the Art book series for children. The tactile books add textures to masterpieces, allowing kids to explore paintings with their fingers and eyes.

bill_hauglandBill Haugland - The Bidding

Former TV anchor Bill Haugland discusses his novel "The Bidding," where cults and cannibalism set the stage for sinister events.


sara_j_henrySara J. Henry - Learning to Swim
Author Sara J. Henry discusses the publication of her first novel, "Learning to Swim". The book details a woman's journey through mystery and intrigue after she sees a young boy left to drown in the icy waters of Lake Champlain.

steven_kelloggSteven Kellogg - Books for Kids
Author and Illustrator Steven Kellogg takes viewers into his studio to see where he creates his colorful books. He also demonstrates his drawing and story-telling abilities to groups of children.


Kristin Kimball - A Dirty Life
Essex, NY writer Kristin Kimball is originally from Manhattan. When she set out to write about book about farming, she never imagined how her subject would change her life.


Mark Laxer - The Monkey Bible
Vermont author Mark Laxer discusses his work The Monkey Bible. The book aims to bridge the gap between science and religion concerning the origin and development of life on Earth.

gordie_littleGordie Little - Ghosts of Clinton County

Author and media personality Gordie Little discusses the ghosts he says haunt Clinton County, NY. The tales he tells are real, according to this spiritual author.


Kate Messner - The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.
Plattsburgh, NY author Kate Messner discusses her first nationally published book, about a middle school girl who struggles to finish a science project while dealing with family issues.


Katherine Paterson - Bridge To Terabithia
Celebrated Vermont author Katherine Paterson discusses her most famous work, about an unlikely friendship, a fantasy world created by kids, and the unexpected nature of tragedy.


Mary Paladin - The Adirondacks that are the Other Half of Me
Author Mary Paladin spends half her life in Pennsylvania and the other half in the Adirondacks of New York State. She sprinkles her true stories with heartfelt humor, and sometimes heart-pounding suspense.

marty_podskochMarty Podskoch - Adirondack Stories
Author Marty Podskoch discusses his Adirondack Stories books with Paul Larson. His books include legends, biographies, and historical sketches from the Adirondack region of northern New York State.


Douglas R. Skopp - Shadows Walking
Author and historian Douglas R. Skopp talks about the work and research it took to create Shadows Walking, a novel about a Nazi doctor battling his conscience after the war.


Janice Dave Stanley - Picture Booksfor Kids
Jan taught seventh grade English for many years and was honored by the New York State English Council as an Educator of Excellence. In retirement, she continues to pursue her interests in nature photography, graphic design, and children’s poetry.


Tanya Lee Stone - The Good, the Bad and the Barbie
Author Tanya Lee Stone talks about some of her many biographical books written for young readers. One of her books explores the pop culture phenomenon of Barbie. She also writes books about historical figures who have paved the way to change the world.


"Author Visits" is brought to you, in part, by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.

American Graduate Champions are individuals that have taken an active role in volunteering their time, talent, or other resources in their own communities to help youth stay on the path to graduation.

  • RICK DALTON | American Graduate Champion

    College For Every Student founder, Rick Dalton has been helping teenagers graduate high school. His organization helps young people of all ages explore their higher education options. Tune in September 27, at 11 am. more »

  • JOHN JABLONSKI | American Graduate Champion

    Thrive Founder, John Jablonski has the mission to help kids graduate at every stage. His organization charted a roadmap of competencies and experiences to ensure kids were successful from cradle to career. Tune in September 27, at 11 am. more »

  • ALICE SAMPLE | American Graduate Champion

    Journey into Reading Founder, Alice Sample gives children an opportunity to enter school prepared to read. Through her organization she gives free books to children whose parents may not be able to afford it. Tune in September 27, at 11 am. more »

  • JOHA BATTIN | American Graduate Champion

    IMPACTT founder, Joha Battin gives students the opportunity to envision their future career by placing them in their field of interest. This approach has encouraged students on the verge of dropping out of high school. Tune in September 27, at 11am. more »


OFFICIAL PODCAST: "All Things Natural," a series of nature essays written by Ed Kanze for more than a quarter century, looks at a kitchen-sink full of natural phenomenon in an inquisitive and playful spirit.

  • LISTEN: Arachnophilia

    If you come to stay at our house you must obey a few rules: No stepping on ants or beetles, no letting the cook wash the dishes, and above all, no harming the spiders! more »

  • LISTEN: The Nature Of Our Grief

    Within sixty seconds of racing into the house after we had returned from a camping trip our 8-year-old daughter burst back out the door red-faced and puffy-eyed. Tears poured down her cheeks. more »